Day in history for May 29, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
The meat markets of this city are to be closed at midnight on Monday, June 2, and on Saturday will be kept open from 4 to 10 p.m.

1881 -- 125 years ago
The P.L. Cable family has returned from the South.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Employees of the Tri-City Railway have asked that old carmen receive 22 1/2 cents an hour and new employees 20 1/2 cents an hour.

1931 -- 75 years ago
After ascending to a height of over 50,000 feet and a new world altitude record, Dr. Henry August Piccard predicted that the stratosphere would be the ''only practicable element'' for long distance flying, providing plane cabins in the future were made airtight.

1956 -- 50 years ago
A young chemistry enthusiast and his father are scheduled to confer with Rock Island Police this afternoon. The boy, 15, a student at Central Junior High, has aroused complaints from neighbors for making gun powder for use in rockets which he allegedly fired from the yard of his home.

1981 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant to complete a four-diamond ballfield in southwest Rock Island. The 28-acre ballfield near Andalusia Road and W. 31st St. will probably be ready to open by the summer of 1982.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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